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Quay County, New Mexico
Map
Map of New Mexico highlighting Quay County
Location in the state of New Mexico
Map of the USA highlighting New Mexico
New Mexico's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 28, 1903
Seat Tucumcari
Largest City Tucumcari
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

2,882 sq mi (7,464 km²)
2,874 sq mi (7,444 km²)
7.2 sq mi (19 km²), 0.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2013)
 - Density

8,662
3.1/sq mi (1/km²)
Time zone Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Website: quaycounty-nm.gov
Named for: Matthew Quay

Quay County (pronounced "kway") is a county in the state of New Mexico. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,041. Its county seat is Tucumcari. The county was named for Pennsylvania senator Matthew Quay, who supported statehood for New Mexico. It is west from the Texas state line.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,882 square miles (7,460 km2), of which 2,874 square miles (7,440 km2) is land and 7.2 square miles (19 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 14,912
1920 10,444 −30.0%
1930 10,828 3.7%
1940 12,111 11.8%
1950 13,971 15.4%
1960 12,279 −12.1%
1970 10,903 −11.2%
1980 10,577 −3.0%
1990 10,823 2.3%
2000 10,155 −6.2%
2010 9,041 −11.0%
Est. 2015 8,455 −6.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,155 people, 4,201 households, and 2,844 families residing in the county. The population density was 4 people per square mile (1/km²). There were 5,664 housing units at an average density of 2 per square mile (1/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.09% White, 0.84% Black or African American, 1.27% Native American, 0.80% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 12.11% from other races, and 2.75% from two or more races. 37.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,201 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 12.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,894, and the median income for a family was $30,362. Males had a median income of $24,801 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,938. About 15.70% of families and 20.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 9,041 people, 4,072 households, and 2,502 families residing in the county. The population density was 3.1 inhabitants per square mile (1.2/km2). There were 5,569 housing units at an average density of 1.9 per square mile (0.73/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.1% white, 1.2% American Indian, 1.1% black or African American, 1.0% Asian, 7.2% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 42.4% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 11.4% were American, 10.7% were English, 10.5% were German, and 9.8% were Irish.

Of the 4,072 households, 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.6% were non-families, and 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 45.6 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,773 and the median income for a family was $41,766. Males had a median income of $29,769 versus $32,462 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,234. About 13.3% of families and 21.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.7% of those under age 18 and 17.3% of those age 65 or over.

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